I found this interesting article in Men’s Health Magazine. Interesting and unique ways to cure common ailments. If anyone has tried any of these, please comment and let me know if they really work. Here’s a summary.
18 Tricks to Teach Your Body
Soothe a burn, cure a toothache, clear a stuffed nose…
By Kate Dailey
1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear! – OK I just tried this because I have a sore throat and would you believe it, this really worked! Well, for a few seconds anyway.
2. Experience supersonic hearing! To better to someone talking use your right ear, for music, use your left.
3. Overcome your most primal urge! If you need to tinkle and you are far from a bathroom, the author suggests you fanaticize about sex or Jessica Simpson. If you are too young, hate sex (and/or Jessica Simpson), or aren’t comfortable with this type of thinking, maybe fanaticizing about having dinner with, or just kissing Brad Pitt, Jessica Simpson or whoever trips your trigger.
4. Feel no pain! If you are getting shot, cough during the injection.
5. Clear your stuffed nose! Thrust your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then press between your eyebrows with one finger. (OK, how do people figure this stuff out?)
6. Fight fire without water! Sleep on your left side to help prevent acid reflux.
7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth! Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger.
8. Make burns disappear! When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. (Personally I have used breastmilk, so if you have any of that around, I highly recommend applying that after doing this trick. The milk helps take the sting out.)
9. Stop the world from spinning! Dizzy? Put your hand on something stable.
10. Unstitch your side! Get stitches in your side when running, exhale as your left foot hits the ground instead of your right. I personally can attest that this works (at least it did 13 years ago when I actually ran)!
11. Stanch blood with a single finger! For a nose bleed, put some cotton on your upper gums — just behind that small dent below your nose — and press against it, hard. A much better alternative than pinching your nose and leaning back.
12. Make your heart stand still! Got butterflies? Blow on your thumb. The breathing triggers a nerve to help control your heart rate.
13. Thaw your brain! To cure that ice cream headache, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can.
14. Prevent near-sightedness! Poor distance vision is usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles — like the eyes — into relaxing as well.
15. Wake the dead! If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side.
16. Impress your friends! Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave like the French.
17. Breathe underwater! Before diving to the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths — essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic.
18. Read minds! Well, your own anyway. Review a speech (or for a test perhaps) right before falling asleep. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.